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John Sugimura is a corporate chef for FM Top 50 management company Taher Inc., which operates primarily in the K-12 school market in the Upper Midwest. Sugimura, who also has his own commercial restaurant, PinKU Japanese Street Food in Minneapolis, visits schools on behalf of Taher, where he then prepares and discusses an authentic Japanese dish. The emphasis on Japanese cuisine at both his restaurant and in his sessions with students is a way for Sugimura to honor and celebrate his Japanese heritage.
He talks about this motivation as well as his experiences interacting with youngsters and the importance of such activities in the current pandemic period.